Madras Cafe (2013) Hindi Movie Review | 24 Critic Reviews | John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri


John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri, Siddartha Basu, Rashi Khanna, Leena Maria, Prakash Belawadi, Piyush Pandey

Madras Cafe Posterdirection:

Shoojit Sircar


Somnath Dey, Shubhendu Bhattacharya


Somnath Dey, Shubhendu Bhattacharya


Juhi Chaturvedi


Kamaljeet Negi


Shantanu Moitra

produced by:

John Abraham, Ronnie Lahiri


weird aggregate rating 6.8/10hindi


Action, Thriller

release date:

run time:
130 minutes
Madras Cafe (2013) on IMDb

'Jaffna' changed to 'Madras Cafe'-Glamsham
Nargis Fakri plays foriegn Journalist-Times of India
'Madras Cafe' is not a take on India-Sri Lankan relations:director-IBN Live
Newbie Rashi Khanna in Madras Cafe-Indian Express
'Madras Cafe' based on LTTE-Glamsham
"'Madras Cafe' defines cinema I stand for": John Abraham-Times of India
'Naam Thamizhar' group seeks ban on 'Madras Cafe'-India Today

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Madras Cafe Movie Stills/Screenshots


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  •  Times of India -Srijana Mitra Das Rating-8
Straight up, Madras Cafe couldn't be more different to director Shoojit Sircar's Vicky Donor. Political, tense, finally explosive, Madras Cafe is no picnic in the neighborhood park. Major Vikram Singh (Abraham) lands in Sri Lanka, heading RAW's covert operations. He must work with colleague Bala
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  •  Bollywood Hungama -Taran Adarsh Rating-8
Political thrillers aren't really Hindi movies' favoured subject matter. Getting embroiled into unwanted hullabaloo -- before or post release of the film -- is not what a film-maker would want to get into. But Shoojit Sircar, who attempted a film on Kashmir [YAHAAN] and followed it up with a film
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  •  NDTV -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-8
Madras Cafe is a sinewy and riveting espionage thriller that entertains without having to play to the gallery.That isn’t the only departure from norm that director Shoojit Sircar makes. He also attempts a risky tightrope walk between staying true to recent geopolitical history and the need to serve up
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  •  The W14 -Mayank Shekar Rating-7
This is supposed to be a work of fiction. But there is only one way to genuinely enjoy this film, which is to treat it as authentic recreation of a very important though unfortunate event of our contemporary history that we know nothing about. Besides that a woman with a bomb strapped around her waist
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  •  Rediff -Sukanya Verma Rating-7
Though not entirely above faults, Shoojit Sircar’s Madras Cafe marries the two to direct an engaging political thriller about a fictional character’s experience against real events and references, namely Sri Lankan Civil War and the assassination of ex-Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi.
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  • Koimoi -Mohar Basu Rating-8
Recreated out of real life instances, Sircar doesn’t cheat us at any level. His story is a dramatized version of realities, with the parallels so apparent that they aren’t very difficult to decipher. There are no false jingoistic traps laid or judgment calls commanded. Luckily for the good of its audiences,
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  •  IndiaGlitz -Vishal Verma Rating-8
After tickling our fertility (read funny) bones with a remarkably mirthful and respectfully entertaining Vicky Donor, Shoojit Sircar and John Abraham along with Ronnie Lahiri in association with Viacom 18 cross the border of b-town political thrillers, war films, anti war films to give us a stark
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  •  Timeout -Anirudha Guha Rating-7
Paul Greengrass has well and truly invaded Bollywood. Earlier this year, Nikhil Advani’s stylishly-made D-Day took a leaf out of the Greengrass textbook, in technique and treatment. Shoojit Sircar, the director of Madras Cafe, takes the Greengrass influence a step further, borrowing not just style elements.
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  •  Now Running -Mansha Rastogi Rating-6
Back during the interviews of the film, John Abraham had declared that Madras Cafe is a film that will make you sit back and indulge in a post film coffee table discussion. He was right. Rarely come films that demand of you to go beyond that you have seen, that make you read up on the events
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  •  Daily Bhaskar - Rating-8
It is not just Indian rupee that has fallen to a new all-time low against the US dollar in a last couple of weeks, but the Bollywood standard also touched a new low as not-so-well-made-comedy film Chennai Expressbecame an all time blockbuster. However, after a further dip with OUATIMD last week,
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  •  Bollywood Life -Bhagyashree Pawar Rating-8
Shoojit Sircar’s Madras Cafe starring John Abraham and Nargis Fakhri is not just another typical Bollywood masala flick but is a thought provoking, heart touching political drama. It’s a film that will keep you and your eyes glued to the seat and the screen, effortlessly. Sircar has given meaty roles
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  •  Indian Express -Shubra Gupta Rating-6
The difficulties of attempting a true-blue Bollywood political thriller are evident in Madras Café. Director Shoojit Sircar places his film at the height of the civil war in Sri Lanka in the late '80s and early '90s, and it culminates in the assassination of an Indian political figure who closely resembles
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  •  IBN Live -Rajeev Masand Rating-7
Unlike in the West, it's hard to make films on real-life historical events in India. Political pressures and sensitive groups invariably throw a spanner in the works. Which is why it's commendable what director Shoojit Sircar has undertaken with 'Madras Café'. Set in the late 80s and early 90s during
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  •  Hindustan Times -Anupama Chopra Rating-6
Watching Madras Café is both frustrating and satisfying. The thriller, set against the backdrop of the Sri Lankan civil war, is, in equal parts, muddled and moving. There are sequences of power and eloquence. And passages in the first half that had me so confused that I couldn’t figure out
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  •  One India -Nabanita Rating-7
The new generation Bollywood industry is all about garnering mass appreciation by whatever means, which has given rise to the breed of mindless comedies and masala entertainers in the recent times. But, on the other hand, one of the crucial facts that cannot be ignored
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  •  DNA -Sarita Tanvar Rating-6
This must has to be said about Shoojit Sircar's film. That you cannot draw any parallels with Hindi films made before. It's not as much as a spy thriller. Shot in semi-documentary fashion, and seen through the eyes an Indian army officer Vikram Singh (John Abraham) it  is about  a covert mission
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  •  Zee News -Aparna Mudi Rating-7
he first thing that strikes you about ‘Madras Cafe’ is it’s no nonsense cinematography. In an age of loud action sequences a la Rohit Shetty genre, the extremely subtle sequences have been shot with élan by Kamaljeet Negi. He has made sure that the movie does not lose focus from the gritty
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  •  Deccan Chronicle -Khaled Mohamed Rating-5
For sure, it’s informative, edifying and bravely devoid of nudges and winks to formulaic entertainment. No gratuitous elements of hippy-hoppy shakes, treacly romance, full throttle melodrama, or even a dhak or two dhaks of romance out here. Moreover, the violence – ingrained to the subject
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  •  Mumbai Mirror -Karan Anshuman Rating-6
Attached to Madras Cafe are the trailers ofZanjeerBoss, and Phata Poster Nikla Hero. Not to judge the films by their trailers, but it's uncanny how similar the three look and feel in their common styles borrowed (now appropriated) from commercial South-Indian potboilers
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  •  Yahoo Movies -Rummana Ahmed Rating-7
Any political thriller runs the risk of being biased and I am sure there will be an equal share of viewers who will be offended by the alleged pro-state stance taken by the director. To be fair to him, however, the narrative at various times does mention that every one has their version of the truth
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  •  Mid-Day -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-7
The movie starts at a slow pace, and your heart sinks a bit as Vikram (in an unconvincing dishevelled, alcoholic state) goes on a flashback mode. But thankfully, soon after that the pace picks up and before you know it, you are in the centre of civil war ravaged Jaffna and a whirlpool of conspiracy.
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  •  Glamsham -Martin D'Souza Rating-8
MADRAS CAFE, Sircar's latest, after VICKY DONOR, is a political thriller that is gripping. It evokes all emotions within you. The movie has its roots in Sri Lanka where a deadly civilian war has erupted in the early 80s. It crosses continents and explodes in Tamil Nadu, which had repercussions
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  • -Swati Deogire Rating-8
Hard-hitting and to the point, 'Madras Cafe' doesn't waste any time on establishing characters. It compels you to step back and take it all in. Narrated with a gutsy screenplay and persuasive performances, it is hard to find a fault in this political thriller. Such is the simplicity and so honest
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  •  Cinema Confessions -Gautam Anand Rating-7
Madras Cafe is not for dim-witted, and certainly not for those who believe in leaving their brains behind at home when they enter the cinemas. And those who are habituated at getting instant gratification through the now routine masala-fare, it's advisable to avoid Madras Cafe,
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